Gender expertise in global governance: contesting the boundaries of a field

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Gender expertise in global governance: contesting the boundaries of a field

This article conceptualizes gender expertise in global governance as a transnational field structured by cleavages and struggles. We situate the phenomenon within the literature on gender mainstreaming and transnational expertise and make the case for a new way to theorise gender expertise. We propose two main theoretical shifts: a depersonalization in order to understand expertise as a field rather than experts as individuals or a group of people; and a reconceptualisation of expertise from a depoliticized body of knowledge divorced from its knowers towards expertise as a performative and intrinsically political practice. Drawing on qualitative data we identify practices of boundary drawing and boundary erasing to provide an understanding of the contours and key dynamics of this field. These include struggles over the boundary between gender expertise and feminism; between different types of experts; and over framings between experts in headquarters and “the field.” The analysis of these contestations surrounding gender expertise interventions allows us to interrogate the power politics of expert discourses.

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Englisch

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2019

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Politik, Epistemologie – Theorie – Methodologie, Sprache(n) – Kommunikation

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Gender Studies, Internationale Beziehungen

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